Staying on at school? You could get £30 a week

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Education Maintenance Allowance - earn £30 a week whilst studying at school

Do you know someone who is staying on at school and who was born between 1st March 2002 and 28th February 2006?

If you do, then they could get £30 a week paid into their bank account.

Household income must be less than £24,421 for families with a single dependent child or £26,884 for more than one dependent child. Please note that if your household income is above £26,884 then no award is payable.

Councillor Craig Walker, Convener – Education and Children’s Services Committee, said:

“Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is paid in addition to other support and benefits you may receive so you won’t lose out on any other money, such as Child Benefit, if your child(ren) gets an EMA. As well as this, it doesn’t affect any money your child(ren) may earn from a part-time job.

“Also, if eligible, make sure applications are in by 30 September so that we can backdate it to 18 August 2021. If you don’t, then the EMA will only be paid from the date the application is received. And don’t forget, even if your child(ren) has applied for an EMA before, they need to re-apply each academic year.

“This last year has been extremely challenging so if you’re entitled to this help, make sure you apply.”

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